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A new trailer has been released by Nintendo UK on their YouTube Channel, the video details an overview for the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Nintendo Switch.
The above video showcases exactly what players need to know if they are considering picking up Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for their Nintendo Switch. The overview consists of every aspect of 'fun' that players will be experiencing throughout the game.
The video also explains that the Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be featuring co-op by simply "passing a Joy-Con controller to a friend." If you are not familiar with the Kong another trailer introducing the family can be found here, as well as another 'chilly' trailer here.
Insomniac Games has complemented the release of Avengers: Infinity War in cinemas by announcing that fans who pre-order the upcoming Spider-Man game will also receive the Iron Spider Suit.
On the PlayStation blog, a post by James Stevenson, the Community Director for Insomniac Games explained that when the developer announced the release date for the upcoming title, the pre-order bonus only contained one suit - Spider-Punk. Now, fans will have the luxury of seeing one more suit, meet the Iron Spider suit.
Stevenson details: "Players who pre-order Marvel's Spider-Man will get an early unlock of the Iron Spider suit inspired by Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. This was a big collaboration between Sony Interactive Entertainment, Insomniac, Marvel Games, and Marvel Studios. And while you may have glimpsed the pre-order video before, you haven't seen this new video we made to show it off - some of you will even be lucky enough to see this on the big screen before the movie when the film hits theaters later this week."
Jim Keller is best known as the chip architect behind Athlon and the smash hit Ryzen CPUs for AMD, who joined Tesla to look over their Autopilot self-driving technology back in 2015. Well, he's leaving and he's joining Team Blue.
According to my industry sources Keller will be announcing he's joining Intel in the morning, with Intel securing another important ex-AMD staffer that will work closely with Raja Koduri, who left AMD as the boss of Radeon Technologies Group. Tesla very quietly hired Keller from AMD in 2016 after he was finished with the Ryzen architecture.
Keller was the brains behind Athlon when theGHz race between AMD and Intel was in full swing, and then he came back again to develop Ryzen. So we have Keller making a processor that had a higher frequency than Intel to beat them, left to join AMD when they made Ryzen which hurt Intel in the multi-threaded race on the consumer side of things, and now back to Intel.
Why? Raja Koduri.
Raja will be building out the IP blocks for the CPU and GPU side of things for Intel, while Keller will take those IP blocks and build chip designs out of them. Keller and Raja are both ex-Apple, ex-AMD, one half ex-Tesla and will now be joining forces at Intel.
Perfect timing as I just came out of Avengers: Infinity War and this team up news just fell into my lap. It looks like the boys are getting back together at Intel, with Raja and Jim to be joined by another ex-AMD staffer, with news of that arriving over the weekend, so stay hooked to TweakTown for that.
NVIDIA has just released their latest GeForce 397.31 drivers, with the new release GameReady for both BattleTech and Frostpunk, while enabling RTX support for Volta GPUs, full support for Vulkan 1.1, and more. You can get the new GeForce 397.31 WHQL drivers right here.
NVIDIA's new GeForce 397.31 WHQL drivers are the first to remove support for Fermi GPUs and 32-bit operating systems, but has full Game Ready support for Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal, and Volta-based graphics cards.
As for the two new games, BattleTech is from Harebrained Schemes, the studio that revived the Shadowrun franchise with several excellent RPGs, has now turned their hand to turn-based strategy with the release of BattleTech. Based on FASA's boardgame of old, BattleTech puts you in control of MechWarriors and their BattleMechs in an expansive campaign that requires you to outfit and upgrade your team of mercenaries before battling in strategic missions. Think X-COM, with big stompy mechs.
We knew it was coming, but the date was always a mystery... but now DigiTimes is reporting that Taiwan-based AIB partners of NVIDIA and AMD are expecting that the cryptocurrency mining demand will deflate, driving down demand for GeForce and Radeon graphics cards.
Why? Well, Bitmain is releasing their Ethereum ASIC miner which kicks GPU mining's ass... with the Antminer E3 coming soon. DigiTimes reports that "Quite a few mining farm operators have even stopped purchasing graphic cards, as they are awaiting the rollout of Ethereum mining machines by China's Bitmain in the third quarter of 2018. They anticipate mining rewards to pick up gradually in the third quarter, as Bitcoin and Ethereum values may rebound following sharp declines seen in early 2018, the sources indicated".
This doesn't mean that NVIDIA and AMD are dropping the prices of their GPUs, it means that retailers won't be able to siphon as much profits from their cards in this mining boom that is deflating. Bitmain is handling that almost single handedly with their Ethereum ASIC miners impending release.
DigiTimes continues: "In line with the shipment drops, gross margins for graphics card makers are expected to fall sharply to 20-25% from a high of 50% enjoyed earlier as makers and channel distributors are forced to slash prices for sales promotion. They hope the market demand can rebound in May or June".
Sharp is now shipping its gloriously large and super-pixel-powered 70-inch 8K TV in both Japan and China, a month earlier than the company had hoped for.
The new Sharp LV-70X500E costs 11,199 euros which works out to around $13,800 with tax, but Sharp hasn't announced any plans of making its 70-inch 8K TV available state side.
8K content is sparse, trust me I own an 8K monitor, but the picture quality is worth it. There are a handful of 8K videos available on YouTube which look glorious at 7680 x 4320, but for $13,800 you'd want more content to use on it.
Samsung has just announced its new range of 4K LED theatrical screens that it has branded Onyx, promising cinema goers, directors and studio bosses to enjoy pure blacks on-screen.
The new Samsung Onyx comes in at a large 34-feet with full 4096 x 2160 resolution that provides a much higher-end image with improved colors than the normal 2K projection. Onyx can pump out 2K, 4K, 3D, and HDR with Samsung unveiling the first US locations for Onyx screens at Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth, California, just north of Los Angeles.
Samsung is aiming at a few different markets with its Onyx screen, as it is really just a super massive 4K TV that will get built into not just movie theater walls, but other places as well. When it's used in a cinema, it rocks a custom JBL sound system that ensures people will get out-of-the-box audio. The company hopes to see it used for dine-in theatrical experiences, eSports and live gaming events, and more.
BioWare's next Dragon Age game is in the works, but with its new juggernaut release Anthem on the horizon, the game could take some time before it releases...but it also could be a big AAA mainline game.
We've known for a while that BioWare is making a new Dragon Age game, and that Sunless Sea's Alexis Kennedy is helping the devs write a portion of the game. All of the info we know so far strongly hints the game will be a big-budget affair versus a smaller-scale spin-off (Mass Effect: Andromeda's failures notwithstanding). Now BioWare's Mark Darrah might've just hinted the game is a direct sequel.
In a long Twitter thread chronicling Darrah's development career, the BioWare dev outlined everything that led up to his current position as Executive Producer on Anthem, the studio's massively ambitious new online-based action-RPG. At the very end he directly refers to the next Dragon Age game as "DA4", and says that he's the exec producer on that project too.
343 Industries could be working on bringing authentic Halo multiplayer to PC in some form--could it be Halo: Master Chief Collection or maybe an official worldwide rollout of Halo Online?
In its official statement surrounding the unauthorized Eldewrito Halo Online PC mod 343i both confirmed the mod itself will be put on hiatus while saying something else quite interesting: the team is excited about bringing an "official classic Halo experience" to PC at some point. In fact the Halo devs are so impressed with Eldewrito's most recently 0.6 update that they want to team up with the team in a bid to broaden community-driven tools and creations across the Halo fanbase.
Here's 343i's full statement on the matter: "One thing remains clear - the community really wants more Halo on PC. As we look ahead, we're very excited about the prospects of an official classic Halo experience making its way to PC and we hope to be able to partner with the ElDewrito team and broader mod and content creation community to help inform the types of experiences and features our fans desire. While we have nothing to announce today, please know that the PC community is very important to us and top of mind as we work towards the future," the developers said in the post.
Halo Online, which brought an authentic Halo 3 multiplayer experience to PC, has been resurrected and revamped thanks to the most recent Eldewrito 0.6 update...but Microsoft and 343i are taking measures to get it yanked offline.
In a blog post 343 Industries says it has a "non-optional" obligation to protect its intellectual property, and that the Eldewrito project directly violates its IP rights because it was built on company-owned assets and content that weren't technically released. Unlike Installation 01, which is built on its own game engine and fits in line with Microsoft's rules, Eldewrito is built on the Halo Online game that was built by 343i and Saber Interactive and only available in Russia.
"While we are humbled and inspired to see the amount of passion poured into this project, the fact remains that it's built upon Microsoft-owned assets that were never lawfully released or authorized for this purpose. As this project reverberated across the community, our team took a step back to assess the materials and explore possible avenues, while Microsoft, like any company, has a responsibility to protect its IP, code and trademarks. It's not optional in other words."